Val. 1 No. 34
Laurens Iowa November 27, 2007
Money to Park
Board Saturday, November 29th
By Kent Radford
Chicken or Beef
On Tuesday morning, November 21, at
the regular Kiwanis Club meeting, Kenny Chimichangas,
Gisch and William Edmonds handed over a
$2,000 check from the Laurens Kiwanis Club to the Laurens City Park Board. John Ja-
with Refried Beans
mison, Chairman of the Park Board, received the check. The Serving is from 5 to 9 pm.
$2,000 was obtained from the proceeds of the Kiwanis an- Public Welcome.
nual golf ball drop. This $2,000 check, along with matching
funds from the Laurens Industrial Foundation will, be part of West Hwy 10
the funding necessary to restore the tennis courts to working Laurens, Iowa
condition. The planned restoration has been tentatively planned for next spring. (712) 841-2287
Diana Johnsen Attends Iowa
All-State Festival in Ames
Diana Johnsen attended the Iowa All-State Festival in Ames on
November 15-17. The festival was a success with a wonderful con-
cluding concert at the Hilton Coliseum.
The band at the concert being taped by IPTV
Diana Johnsen, left, with band direc-
Closeup of Diana playing her tor, Meredith Allen
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Birth College Financial Thanks!
Announcement Aid Meeting Thank you to NAPA for the Turkey that
I won. Esther Hackett
Aubrey Mae Taylor weighed 9 pounds, The Laurens-Marathon guidance oﬃce
3 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. She
was born November 13, 2007, at St.
has invited a representative from the
Iowa Student Loan College Access Net-
work (ICAN) to provide a free ﬁnancial
Lukes Regional Medical Center in Sioux
aid presentation at 7:00 p.m. on Thurs- 8 year old male, neutered cat. He is a
City. Grandparents are Bill and Cheryl
day, November 29 in the high school dark gray tiger-striped cat with green
Bush of Laurens and Kevin and Cathi
media center. The presentation is geared eyes. He weighs about 12 lbs. His
Taylor of Ida Grove. Great grandparents
to high school seniors and their parents. name is Comet and he knows his name.
are Edward Fischer of Humboldt, and
High school juniors and their parents He has a medi-
Lester and Marjorie Paulsen of Hartley.
are also welcome to attend. Topics will cal condition
include: Completing the FAFSA (Free and needs his
Application for Federal Student Aid), medicine. He
electronic processing, deadlines, over- is a child’s pet.
view of the ﬁnancial aid process, types If found, call
of ﬁnancial assistance available, scholar- 712-841-2149.
She was wel-
comed home ships and scams, helpful tips, and where
by, Kaleb 16 to go for help.
In this season of thanks, we would like
At the Library to thank both Denny Waters and Joy
Waters for everything that they gave
with Glenda Mulder
to our children, Brandon, Taryn, and
The Women’s Club Sydney. Denny, through his interest in
presentation of “Voices from the Past: a Laurens Anthology” was a big success. It drew the students, innovative techniques of
a nice crowd who enjoyed the visit from historic residents of Laurens. The program was communicating science, and rapport
followed by coﬀee, goodies, and time to chat with the guests of honor. with the middle school students, exhib-
ited the best a teacher can be. Joy was
In ﬁction we received Lord John and the Hand of Devils by Diana Gabalon, caring and interested in each individual
The Florist’s Daughter by Patricia Hampl, The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean elementary student who passed through
Koontz, Hokus Pokus by Fern Michaels, Morcai Battalion by Diana Palmer, and the her door and made a positive diﬀer-
large print version of Double Cross by James Patterson. ence with every student. While each is
replaced with very competent individu-
There are still some canvas library totes available. These will make great stocking
als who genuinely care about students,
stuﬀers, so stop in and get yours today!
both are greatly missed. So thank you
December’s book of choice is John Grisham’s Skipping Christmas. This is the for the many years that you both gave to
book on which the movie Christmas with the Kranks is based. As is usually the case, Laurens-Marathon students.
the book is even better than the movie. (In my opinion!) It’s a nice, short, lighthearted Todd and Marcia Kay
book that’s a perfect holiday read. Join us as we talk about this book and our own family
traditions on Monday, December 17th at 7:00.
Check it out at the Laurens Public Library!
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"Bravo...or should we say Brava!"
Congratulations to the cast
and crew of "Taming the Wild,
Wild West in a Dress or... Let's
Give the Villain the Slip". Their
performance was amazing Friday
night, as the cast of this produc-
tion played to a large audience
in the Laurens-Marathon school
gym. Forty-four Laurens-Marathon students were a part
of the cast and crew. The play was directed by Nancy
Kunickis, Connie Dallenbach, Judy Boettcher, and Ken
Kunickis. A special thank you to everyone who supported
the Laurens-Marathon Drama department by attending
the performance Friday evening and those that donated
props. Everyone is so proud of all the students that were a
part of this production! The audience too was wonderful!
The cast, crew, and directors are very grateful to the com-
munity for your support and allowing them to share their
talents. It truly was an evening of ﬁne entertainment, but
most of all, an evening of fun.
Good Samaritan Receives Safety Achievement Award
The Good Samaritan Society: Hovenden the Good Samaritan Society's National team spirit and hard work that goes into
of Laurens was recently honored for Campus in Sioux Falls, presented the such an achievement are to be com-
reaching the goal of one year without award during a formal ceremony to mended and admired. We are proud of
any staﬀ member losing work time to Chester Miller (Environmental Services you and see your center as an example
care for residents due to injury. "Our Supervisor), the Center's Safety Co- for others to follow."
center has fervently been working ordinator. Along with the award, the
towards this goal for some time now," Center also received a Safety Achieve-
stated Administrator Jennifer My- ment ﬂag and $126 for the pizza party.
ers. "One of our team members, Kim Dean Mertz, Vice President for Human
Whitlock, even went as far as making a Resources at National Campus, congrat-
count-down board for the ﬁnal 30 days ulated them by saying, "This is quite an
(to reach a year). We got staﬀ excited accomplishment that beneﬁts everyone.
about it and then celebrated with a pizza Each day that goes by without lost time
party and award presentation." Jeﬀ Her- contains worker's compensation costs,
ried, Risk Management Consultant from ensures a safe work environment for staﬀ
and beneﬁts the residents greatly. The
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4-H’ers in Pocahontas County were Janice Halder - 20
honored at an Awards Matinee Sunday, Year Leader
November 18 at the Rialto Theatre in
Pocahontas. The Pocahontas County
Youth Council planned the event and Megan Jorganson & Kelsey Fey - Hall of Fame Award
presented the awards to the 4-H’ers.
Special honors were given to Megan Jor-
genson for the Pocahontas County Hall
of Fame Leadership Award and Kelsey
Fey for the Pocahontas County Hall
of Fame Achievement Award. Janice
Halder was honored for serving 20 years
as a 4-H leader and Amy Dunkerly, Lola
DeWall, Deb Ekstrand for 10 years and From left to right; JoAnn Pe-
Marilee Kleespies and JoAnn Peters for ters, Amy Dunkerly, Marilee
5 years of service to the 4-H program. Kleespies, and Deb Ekstrand
Jean Trimble, Judy Krips, and Bonnie
Wood were given the Distinguished From left to right; Bonnie Wood, Judy Krips, &
Service Award for their contributions to Jean Trimble - Distinguished Service Awards
the Pocahontas County 4-H Program.
Bonnie has helped with the 4-H quilt
for the past 7 years and Jean and Judy
have run the 4-H food stand during the Local & School Calendar
fair for several years. Nov. 27-
Basketball with Schaller/Crestland at Laurens, girls & boys at 6:30 p.m.;
Send Your News to JH Basketball with Newell/Fonda at 4:00 p.m., 7th & 8th girls at Laurens, 7th & 8th
boys at Fonda
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Wrestling with Pocahontas Area & Storm Lake at Storm Lake, JV & V at 6:00 p.m.;
JV Basketball with West Bend/Mallard at Laurens, girls & boys at 6:00 p.m.;
JH Basketball with West Bend/Mallard at Laurens, 7th & 8th boys at 4:00 p.m.;
We feature 100% user 12th Grade Parent Meeting (College Financial Aid), 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center.
- generated content. In
Nov. 30-Basketball with St. Mary's at Laurens, girls & boys at 6:30 p.m.
other words, you submit
Dec. 1-Hugh Linn Wrestling Invitational at Gilmore City, V at 10:00 a.m.
the articles and photos.
It’s Fun, Informative Dec. 3-Basketball with Southern Cal at Laurens, girls & boys at 6:30 p.m.;
JH Basketball with Pocahontas Area at Laurens, 7th & 8th girls at 4:00 p.m.
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Food Pantry Update Laurens United Methodist Church
The Food Pantry has become very Wed. Nov. 28 12:00 p.m. ~ Leadership
depleted this last month or so. I an- 7:00 p.m. ~ Finance
ticipate increased activity due to higher 7:00 p.m. ~ Worship
grocery and gas prices so I am asking 7:30 p.m. ~ Sr. UMYF
for your help! The following items are 8:15 p.m. ~ Ad Council
greatly needed: Sacked cereal, sugar, Fri. Nov. 30 7:00 a.m. ~ Men’s Bible
peanut butter, ﬂour, jelly, cleaning Study
products, hamburger helper, kleenex, Sun. Dec. 2 9:00 a.m. ~ Sunday School
box potatoes, toilet paper, canned pasta,
laundry detergent, pancake mix, sham- 9:30 a.m. ~ Fellowship
poo, syrup, ketchup, cream of chicken Coﬀee
soup, cream of celery soup, macaroni 10:30 a.m. ~ Worship
and cheese. 11:30 a.m. ~ Consecration Meal/Saddle bag return
Cash donations are very much appreciat- 4:00 p.m. ~ Pastor Larry leads nursing home service
ed for perishable items from the grocery 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir practice
store. Please bring donations to the Lau- Mon. Dec. 3 7:00 p.m. ~ Quilt Club
rens United Methodist Church. Thank Wed. Dec. 5 4:00 p.m. ~ Conﬁrmation
you for your generosity. Linda Olson 4:30 p.m. ~ Town Christmas Party Soup Supper
7:30 p.m. ~ Seekers
Thur. Dec. 6 2:00 p.m. ~ UMW Exec
The Laurens Fed- Fri. Dec. 7
Sat. Dec. 8
7:00 a.m. ~ Men’s Bible Study
7:00 a.m. ~ UM Men
erated Women’s Festival of Trees opens
Club Presented Send Your News to
“Voices from the Past: a Laurens An-
thology” at the Laurens Public Library
Monday The Paper!
of Laurens as
tured is Grace
Hertz as the Every Friday
ﬁrst president of the Laurens Women’s Thanks for giving us Laurenians a
club, Etta Mae Crowder. reason to look forward to Tuesdays!! Twofers - 5-6 p.m.
Pat Frantz certainly captured the
essence of Biddy Sundberg, a local com-
munity activist and Eastern Star mem-
ber. The remaining special guests are
shown resting as their counterparts told Holidays!
about their lives in Laurens. 841-6986
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Remembering Cody Pierce Earns Honors
Cody Pierce, a senior at Buena Vista Univer-
Jennifer Ferguson sity in Storm Lake, received the following honors
in his 4 years of playing football for the Beavers:
Jennifer Rae Ferguson, 48, of Ames, **A team captain for the past two years
died unexpectedly Sunday, Nov. 11 at **Leading tackler for BV the past three years, with
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics total tackles of 364
in Iowa City. Services were Wednesday, **1st Team All Conference for 2 years
Nov. 14, at St. James Methodist Church **Defensive MVP - 3 years
in Cedar Rapids. Burial was in the Ames **1st Team All Region - 2006
Municipal Cemetary. **Second Team All- American - 2006
Jennifer Rae Ferguson was born March **Pre-Season 1st Team All American - 2007
6, 1959 in Cedar Rapids, the daughter **Scored 3 touchdowns
of Arthur and Jeanette Reusch. She Cody is the son of Alan and Carol Pierce of Cody is shown with his father, Alan,
received a bachelors degree in nursing Spencer, former Laurens residents. one of the coaches at BVU.
from Mount Mercy College. She mar-
ried Kerry Ferguson April 30, 1983, at
St. James Methodist Church in Cedar Holiday Lighting and Collections at the Grotto
Rapids. She attended Collegiate United West Bend, IA - Beginning November Redemption, listed on the National
Methodist Church in Ames. Her cho- 23 through January 13, the Grotto of Register of Historic Places, is open for
sen profession was as a board-certiﬁed the Redemption will be aglow with visitation year round. Guided tours are
neonatal RN. She excelled in this ﬁeld thousands of Christmas lights each oﬀered from May through October or
and took great pride in handling the evening. The holiday lights emphasize by appointment. A DVD tour featuring
toughest cases. the magniﬁcent structure of the Grotto, Father Greving is available for viewing in
She enjoyed scrapbooking, cooking, which covers more than one city block the Grotto Museum or can be purchased
cross-stitching, quilting, snow skiing and and includes stones and semi-precious in the Grotto Gift Shop, open daily. For
going to the lake. Her family will miss stones from around the world. It tells more information, call 515-887-2371 or
her dearly. the beautiful story of Christ's life and email email@example.com.
She is survived by her husband, our Redemption in stone. In addition
Kerry; three children, Stephanie, Kurtis to the lights, Father
and Rebecca, all of Ames and attend- Verne Stapenhorst will
ing Iowa State University; her parents, have his Santa, snow-
Arthur Sr. and Jeanette Reusch, of Cedar man, village and crèche
Rapids; two brothers, Arthur (Diane) collections on display
Reusch Jr., of St. Louis, Mo., and Allen in the Grotto Café
(Evie) Reusch, of Macomb, Il.; one sister and museum. "To
Jolynn (Randy)Limkemman of East display my Christmas
Lyme, Conn.; one brother-in-law, Kevin collection is a special
(Vicky) Ferguson, of Elmhurst, Il.; her gift that can be shared
father- and mother-in-law Robert and with the community.
Phyllis Ferguson, of Ames; and many I pray that the decora-
nieces and nephews. Both Robert and tions will renew the
Phyllis (Wenell) Ferguson graduated joy of Christmas for
from Laurens High School in 1951. young and old during
the season. I believe
the crèches teach that
the Christ Child is the true reason for Father Verne Stapenhorst with his Santa,
the celebration of Christmas." states Fr. snowman, village and crèche collections on
Verne. His collections in the Cafe can display in the Grotto Café and museum.
be viewed Monday-Friday from 10am-
3pm and from 1pm-3pm on Saturdays
Our Town Our Paper! through December. The Grotto of the
SCT Playhouse Cabaret Presents “A Christmas Survival Guide”
SPENCER, IA - Spencer Community Happy New Year Blues” is a singles la- Tickets for the Christmas Cabaret
Theatre announces its ﬁfth annual Caba- ment; “Santa Claus is Back in Town” an go on sale Nov. 12 for SCT Contrib-
ret fundraising production! This year’s Elvis-inspired rock-n-roll number, fea- uting Members and Nov. 19 for the
Christmas Cabaret features the comedic turing Laurens-Marathon graduate Mike public. To reserve tickets call the SCT
musical revue “A Christmas Survival Slattery as Santa Elvis. Comedy-lovers Box Oﬃce at (712) 262-7336. The
Guide” followed by a festive holiday hors won’t be disappointed with “The Twelve Christmas Cabaret has a limited two-
d’oeuvres buﬀet. The Christmas Cabaret Steps of Christmas” or night run at 7:30 p.m. on Dec.
has a limited run of two performances the winter wonderland 7 and Dec. 8. Included in the
on December 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. experience gone awry $25 ticket price is a seat for
The evening will be chock-full of in a very unique ver- the musical comedy revue “A
songs, vignettes, advice, and enough sion of “Sleigh Ride.” Christmas Survival Guide” and
messages about the “true meaning of This year’s Christ- a festive hors d’oeuvres and
Christmas” to get everyone through the mas Cabaret marks the beverage buﬀet following the
holidays. The evening is a fun, festive ﬁfth fundraising per- performance.
road map to holiday sanity aimed at any- formance for Spencer SCT Playhouse is located
one who’s ever experienced the stress of Community Theatre. The funds raised one block oﬀ Grand Avenue in down-
the holidays as well as the joy. by these performances are vital to the town Spencer at 518 1st Ave. E. SCT
As perfect for a company Christ- programming oﬀered by Spencer Com- Playhouse is accessible to the physically
mas party as it is for a special night out munity Theatre, which includes two ful- challenged. Reserved parking stalls
with a loved one, “A Christmas Survival ly-staged Children’s Theatre productions are located east of the facility. SCT’s
Guide” is a welcome addition to SCT’s yearly, classes for children and adults, a Christmas Cabaret is made possible with
long history of top-notch revues. New touring improvisational troupe, and at the help of a generous sponsorship from
York Press raved, “Ho-Ho-Hilarious! By least four mainstage productions every Evertek. For more information call
far the funniest Christmas revue around. year. All proceeds raised by the Cabaret Spencer Community Theatre at (712)
A clever and irresistible bon-bon that are essential in continuing SCT’s 48-year 262-7336 or go to www.spencercommu-
serves up the holiday with a mischievous history of excellence in the arts. nitytheatre.com.
wink. The perfect antidote to seasonal
This fast-paced evening of sketch
comedy and song features an on-stage
band and many performers from Spen-
cer and the surrounding community.
The songs showcase a mix of original
and traditional holiday tunes. “The
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Winter Riding @ Arena 54! Horse Thank You to those who helped me cel- For Sale: 60 gallon propane/gas water
training, lessons, open riding, Christ- ebrate my 60th birthday at the “Senders” heater, used only since May of 2007.
mas gift certiﬁcates and punch cards dance in Marathon. I hope you had as Also, 2 swivel high back bar stools. Call
available. Lighted INDOOR ARENA! good a time as I did. – Lee Bailey 289-4005 and leave a message
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